Food: our favorite topic!
OUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS IN BEIJING:
Do you have an orgasm over a perfect qing1 zheng4 yu2 (steamed
fish)? Does it take you 15 minutes to discuss the merits of each
dish with the waitress before ordering? Must you know the Chinese
name of every dish? Have you ever spent time translating a menu
for a small restaurant just to practice your restaurant Chinese
and to build a relationship with the waiter, chef and boss so
meals in the future are free or done especially for you? Do you
flirt with the waitresses in hopes of getting a discount card to
If so, read on. If not, this section probably isnt for
What makes these restaurants special is that they have not
been spoiled by foreigners or by getting massive press. If we had
wanted that we would have started a restaurant review column a
long time ago - so share this with friends only. What I look for
in a restaurant is atmosphere, and good CHEAP food (30-60 RMB per
person). For most of these restaurants, you need (have to) to
(Note: This page still under construction -- phone numbers,
addresses and best dishes to be added - sorry it's taking so
long. Most of these places aren't listed, so we're making the
rounds again. Yum!)
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- Li Qun Kao Ya Dian - say hi to Zhang Liqun for me. Great
atmosphere in his si he yuan in chong wen men. I also
recommend the gong bao ya xin. (30-50 RMB per person)
- Tuan Jie Hu - more expensive, but the best selection of
condiments to eat with your duck.
- Quan Ju De - more expensive, but the lightest bing
around. This restaurant is ubiquitous (just look for
their eye-catching duck), but the best I've been to in
located on Wang3 Fu4 Jing3, in a side street that leads
over to Peking Union Hospital.
- Gan1 jia1 kou3 - an area, not one specific restaurant. Go
nuts in the summer. Eat outside, drink beer, be rowdy and
scarf on yang rou quar!
- Afanti - the newest dancer here rocks; youll be
addicted after the first visit. Guaranteed. Definitely
make reservations in advance -- this place is now packed
everynight. Excellent sampling of xinjiang food, although
the portions have gotten smaller and the prices more
expensive. It's the atmosphere you go for.
- Lao Sichuan - by far the best guai4 wei4 ji1 (strange
tasting chicken) Ive ever had. Plus the nicest
group of Sichuan waitresses.
- Sui Yuan - try the dong an zi gi, suan dou jiao, la zi
rou, duo la zi yu tou, hon shao rou.
- Hei1 Tu3 Di4 (The Black Earth) - meat and potatoes-type
food, served in a blast-from-the-past Cultural Revolution
type setting. Located on he2 ping2 li3 dong1 jie1, west
side, between second and third ring roads. 6422-1415.
Make sure to order la1 pi2, song1 rer2 yu4 mi3 (pine nuts
and corn) andzhu1 zhou3 zi1 (slab or pork).
- Up the street from Gui Bin Lou - great food.
- Man3 Fu4 Lou2 - best mutton in town; this makes the
Beijing winter. Located at di4 an1 men2, on the
north-south street north of jing1 shan1 park. During the
winter, you'll have to wait for a table. 6403-0992,
64035307. They also have a branch restaurant near the
south gate of the Worker's Stadium.
- Shun4 Bing1 - great fresh mutton to match Man Fu Lou's.
Business was so good they opened a branch right down the
street. Located on gu3 lou3 dong1 da4 jie1, the east-west
street directly east of the Drum Tower, on the wouth side
of the street. 6401-8381 or 6407-1208.
- Yun2 Teng2 - Dong1 Bian4 Men1, first floor of the Yun2
Teng2 Bing1 Guan4. The secret to finding good regional
cuisine is to find where each provincial government has
located their Beijing representative office
- Jin1 Kong3 Que4 - (Golden Peacock) - Cory discovered this
treasure. Out in wei4 gong2 cun1 - how cheap and good can
Jia chang (Homestyle):
- Bai2 Hui4 - cheap and good. Near the li jiao qiao across
from the Asia Pacific Building.
- Nai3 xian1 - hong2 xing1 hu2 tong4. Try the yu xiang cui
Snack foods (xiao chi):
- Yong He Dou Jiang - (on the northern end of dong1 si4, on
the east side of the road). They are 24 hours. All those
snack-like foods you can't find in Beijing anymore. It
took a Tawainese owner to bring them back... 6401-4977.
- Shanghai eats - located near the north exit of the he2
ping2 men2 subway exit, on the north side of the main
- Bei3 Jing1 Gong1 - at Chao Yang Men Nei, south side of
the road. Make sure to get some jia fan jiu to wash it
- Gu Lou - all the small restaurants behind the Drum Tower
(gu2 lou2) are good. Sample ma dou fu, yang dan and niu
- You really have to go to Guangdong, but the 24 hour Jin1
Ding3 at the Dong1 Zhi2 Men2 flyover is pretty good; also
try the Hua Du Hotel (across from the Capital Mansions)
for more expensive, but good dim sum.
- Wu3 Dao3 Kou3 - (an area, not a restaurant). You
cant go wrong in this section of town, near the
Language Institute. By far, the greatest contribution our
massive number of Korean liu xue sheng tong xue men have
brought is their demand for good food. Enter the local
Korean minority population to please
- now where did that place move to? If you know, let me
Vegetarian (yes, we are carnivores, but this
place actually makes stuff that fools us):
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